Que Sera, Sera, translated in English as “Whatever will be, will be,” this is also a famous old song by Doris Day. The part of this song that is so very relevant to this drama is as follows:
When I grew up and fell in love
I asked my sweetheart
What lies ahead
Will we have rainbows
Day after day
Here’s what my sweetheart said
Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be
I recently went through the pain of watching Big, which the Hong sisters dubbed as a “coming of age story,” but really it just turned out to be a big steaming pile of disappointment and regurgitated kdrama plot crap. Que Sera, Sera was so refreshing to watch right after because although the main characters are not teenagers, it is definitely very much a coming of age story. It clearly shows how adults make mistakes, learn from them, and morph into completely different people over time, sometimes for the better, and sometimes for worse. The female lead character, Han Eun Soo, starts out like a typical stock kdrama lead, a poor, needy, clumsy, ditzy, and naive doormat, clearly lacking the experience needed to survive in the real world. Then enters Kang Tae Joo who is seemingly yet another kdrama male lead straight from the factory, a handsome, self absorbed, worldly playboy trying to date as many beautiful, rich women as possible and doing whatever he can to climb the corporate ladder. However, this drama quickly changes from an ordinary one, into a roller coaster ride of raw, passionate, and painfully real emotions and the typical drama cliches fly out the window.
The really interesting thing about this drama is that the true villain is not an evil second female lead (though she is rich, spoiled, and pretty bitchy), a crazy mom, or a corporate tycoon. The real villain is simply human nature. Greed, the need for security, and pride and miscommunication were the downfall of all of the relationships in the show. All of the characters show their true and not so beautiful colors at some point, none of them being clearly good or bad people, just human. This is so rare to find in a kdrama, especially when the male lead is almost always portrayed as some kind of love worshiping self-sacrificing hero (at least once they realize they’re in love). This was definitely not the case in this drama, his love could not seem to outweigh his greed and pride. This makes it a much more realistic drama to me than most.
As painful as it was to watch Eun Soo go through all of the hardships that she faces, I loved to watch her character grow from the beginning of the show to the end. She really seems to become a totally different person. I especially love the scene where Hye Lin comes to bitch her out after Tae Joo confesses his love to Eun Soo and decides (temporarily) to be with her, and Hye Lin slaps her, and Eun Soo without hesitation slaps her right back and tells her to leave. I literally was shouting “YES!!!” when I saw that scene and laughed so hard because she clearly was no longer going to be Hye Lin’s doormat.
The passion gets really out of control in this drama, with fights, slapping, almost rapes, soaking wet rain kisses the whole deal. I personally loved that it was so passionate and raw. That being said, I don’t think that it was made necessarily as “crowd pleasing” drama. It is often very beautiful yet painful to watch at the same time because every time you hope the characters will make a certain choice and for things to happen a certain way, it seems like their heads get in front of their hearts and nothing happens smoothly or the way you would like it to. But I feel that it is really a work of art, and though it is painful, it “hurts so good,” and I really could not tear my eyes away.
This was one of the most well made dramas I have ever seen, and I suspect will ever be made. Second only to Coffee Prince for me. Overall I give it 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend anyone to watch it if you think you can take the burn.
I took the synopsis and cast list off of http://wiki.d-addicts.com, because I am in a rush right now, I will go back and write a better synopsis later :).
Kang Tae Joo (Eric) is a player with charm and good looks who always dates rich women. One day, he finds a strange poor girl named Han Eun Soo (Jung Yoo Mi) sleeping in front of his door. Although he initially despises her, he eventually finds himself falling for her. Cha Hye Lin (Yoon Ji Hye) is the daughter of a rich shopping mall CEO. Her first love, Shin Joon Hyuk (Lee Kyu Han), dumps her at her father’s request. Hye Lin buys herself a new boyfriend to make her ex jealous. That man is Kang Tae Joo, and during their contract relationship, Hye Lin begins to fall in love again. However, Tae Joo already has a girlfriend and he can’t forget her as easily as he has forgotten all the women in his past. This drama is basically about the redemption of Kang Tae Joo from bastard to human.
- Eric as Kang Tae Joo
- Jung Yoo Mias Han Eun Soo
- Kim So Hyun as young Eun Soo
- Yoon Ji Hye as Cha Hye Lin
- Lee Kyu Han as Shin Joon Hyuk
- Lee Eun Song as Han Ji Soo (Eun Soo’s sister)
- Geum Bo Ra as Eun Soo’s mother
- Song Jae Ho as Cha Hyung Min (Hye Lin’s father)
- Yoon Mi Ra as Yoon Jung Im (Hye Lin’s mom)
- Kang Jung Hwa as (Tae Joo’s ex-girlfriend, cameo)
- Jang Tae Sung
- Hong Choong Min
- Jung Young Geum
- Choi In Sook
- Park Kwang Jung
- Yoo Tae Woong